One of the 100 Best Towns in America!
In 1993, Stephenville was listed as one of the 100 best small towns in America in a book compiled by Norman Crampton and published by Prentice Hall.
Agriculture is the leading industry, with Erath County in the top 10% in overall agriculture production and ranking #2 in milk production in the State of Texas.
In addition to farmers and ranchers, Fortune 500 companies provide a strong manufacturing diversity to the economy. Stephenville serves as a regional medical and retail center for the area with many family-owned businesses thriving as they draw from our strong, diverse workforce, educational opportunities, and family oriented atmosphere.
Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M University System, creates a culture of excellence in both academic and athletic programs. Erath County is also served by Ranger College, offering a variety of continuing education and workforce training for students of all ages.
As the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’, Stephenville is uniquely home to more professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls than any other place in the world. The equine industry continues to grow throughout the surrounding County.
Stephenville has a strong, diversified economic base. Agriculture is the leading industry, contributing approximately $200,000,000 to the economy. The manufacturing industry has increased steadily in importance over the past few years. Six major manufacturing firms (three Fortune 500 companies) now employ more than 1,400 people.
Stephenville is the retail trade center for a trade area population of approximately 80,000. Gross sales have increased steadily over the past ten years. Tarleton State University also has a strong influence on the economy of the area. The University has a student enrollment of approximately 7,763 and employs a full time faculty and staff of 1,127.
Population for Erath County
Erath County: Stephenville (county seat) , Dublin, Three Way, Morgan Mill, Bluff Dale, Lingleville, Huckabay, Selden, Alexander, Duffau, and Clairette
2015 2010 2000 1990
41,122 37,890 33,001 27,991